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Dom Rep points to increased trade with Haiti

Friday, June 22, 2018

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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (CMC) — The government of the Dominican Republic says trade with neighbouring Haiti has surpassed last year's figure of US$800 million.

This was disclosed by Foreign Minister Miguel Vargas in a recent address at a panel on “Dominican foreign policy towards Haiti”.

According to Vargas, Haiti is one of the three leading trading parters with the Dominican Republic and his ministry aims to cooperate with its economic and social development, as well as create jobs and well-being in both countries.

“The country today promotes a competitive and dynamic diplomacy capable of promoting trade, foreign investment and tourism, which is a challenge for the government.”

Prior to the panel, Haiti Embassy commercial attaché Miousemine Celestin praised the foreign ministry's initiative and expressed the need to seek changes to deal with the problems along the border.

She however noted that more needs to be done to effectively control the flow of merchandise and raise revenue in both countries.

“The two countries have to place controls, they have to continue to develop the economy, we must act (and) look for ways to raise funds,” she said.

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